Saturday, 27 March 2010

RSS No. 17

Hoping this challenge will not be Ready Steady Stamp's swansong as I really enjoy RSS. So, here is my entry although I had to think about the 'ingredients' for days before I came up with anything.

I cut a tag from cream cardstock and stamped some green leaves around the edges (well actually, I think they are ears of corn but they look like leaves when stamped like this!) Next I stamped the numbers in pink and then stamped 'Papillons' across the tag in two places in a sepia tone. I also used a scrolly stamp which I think looks a bit like a butterfly. Then I stamped the main image twice, coloured them using the inks previously used and layered one on top of the other using small blobs of silicon glue to help raise the wings. I made some antennae from wire and fixed these under the top layer.

I mounted the tag on some pink corrugated card and then onto another layer of brown Bazzil that I spritzed with Cosmic Shimmers to give it a pinky iridescent effect. An eyelet was bashed into the top of the tag and I threaded some organza ribbons through which I heated with my heat gun to make them go curly.
Lastly I added some pink glitter to the butterly wings. (but of course, this is not visble in these photo's, as bloody usual!)

Nearly forgot to mention the stamps which were Crafty Individuals - leaves, PaperArtsy - numbers and Butterfly, Katzelkraft- scroll and lovely French words and phrases (designed by Isabelle Norris)
Hope you like my effort.

Must to get back to my craft room now as I am halfway through making forty wedding invitations for my cousin and she wants to post them soon.

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend and thanks for looking.

Fiona x

Edit:Have also realised that this creation fits the bill at Tuesday Taggers where the current theme is BUGS and there is a prize of £15 from the Craft Barn .

Thursday, 25 March 2010


Back again with an Easter card. This card is so 'not me' but this is the only vaguely Easter-ish stamp I've got and there are so many Easter challenges out there at the moment, it seemed a shame not to have a crack at them.

The main image is by Penny Black and was watercoloured with pencils and brushmarkers. I mounted it on a circle cut and embossed with the cuttlebug and stuck a few white feathers behind it. I made a mask of the Easter Egg stamp and stamped a border panel to match the card. Some ribbons in my stash finished it off.
Inside the card I printed " Hope you have a quackin Easter " (Groan!)
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:-

Stampin' for the Weekend
Incy Wincy
Stamp with Fun

I've done more crafting than normal this week due to a few days off work, but back to the grind this afternoon.

Fiona x

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Altered Jotter

I bought some of these jotters a while back with a view to doing something crafty with them, so Tuesday Taggers current challenge ALTERED?, YOU BET! seemed to fit the bill.

I cut two pieces of dark green Bazill card, and cut a slot in one piece for the pen holder. Next I cut two strips of the same green card and put one through my ribbler and then I stuck them together for strength. I then cut out a pretty piece of patterned paper by Elusive Images and made a slot in this piece too. I covered the front cover of the jotter with the green card and then layered on the patterned paper with the slots aligned. Then I poked the strip through the slots and attached it to the back of the front cover. I hid all the untidiness by covering the back of the front cover with the other piece of green card.
Then I tried to die cut a piece of grunge paper, ha ha! After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing through my cuttlebug, I cut out with scissors, the flowers I had been trying to die-cut. I painted them with two shades of Twinkling H20's, and when dry stamped the large flower with a Crafty Individuals flourish stamp and applied gold Stickles to the smaller flower and inked around the edges. A punched stamen and a gem finished this project off. I had printed the words 'shopping list' on a separate piece of design paper and matted this onto the green bazill card, but when I went to add it to the cover I thought it was 'too much', so abandoned that idea.

A magnetic strip on the back ensures a position on the fridge, with all the other junk!

This was a very quick project (and I cannot claim the idea to be mine as I have seen these on several blogs, can't remember whose, but thank you for the inspiration!) as now the weather seems to have turned a corner I am back down the allotment.

TFL and for all your lovely comments.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Crafting not Cooking!

Hope you are having a good weekend. I'm combining challenges again this week with Lili of the Valley where there is a sketch to follow,

and also Stamp Something where they are looking for distressing. I managed to use bits and pieces I haven't used for ages, such as the cherub stamp (PB) and a 'lace' backing paper which came from a Joanna Sheen pad.

The image was stamped on watercolour paper and cut out with a circular nestie. I left the paper in the nestie and inked inside it with Antique Linen D.I. I coloured the cherub with a combination of D.I.'s, watercolour pencils and a felt tip pen. The embossed border strips were a Christmas present (I don't know who makes them) and these were inked with Tattered Rose D.I. Both the mats were distressed around the edges and I used dimension tape to raise them off the card slightly. Next I inked and stickled some Prima flowers and one punched out flower, and added buttons and dewdrops. An inked up sentiment from Craftwork Cards and more inking round the edges of the card blank finished it off. I gave this card a liberal dose of Stardust Stickles, so fed up am I that it never shows up in my photo's, and STILL you can hardly see it and I took this photo outdoors!

Must get back to the kitchen now as I have friends coming for dinner this evening and a Gratin Daupinois needs prepping.

Thanks for stopping by,

Fiona x

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Flower Power

Crafty Calendar Challenge are looking for cards with a 'Flower Power' theme this month. This is my interpretation, and I thought it would also be suitable to enter into The Pink Elephant's current challenge which is 'Spring'

The phrase 'Flower Power' conjures up a 60's/70's psychedelic design to me, so I tried to give my card that sort of 'retro vibe' with the colours used and the style of flowers.

The stamps used are by Elusive Images, and the stems are hand-stitched with green embroidery thread. (I did get my sewing machine out as I wanted to use a zig-zag stitch but discovered I had no green cotton, doh!) The grass idea is not my own and I have seen it on several blogs but unable to remember whose, I'm afraid. A computer generated sentiment and some stardust stickles (not visible as usual!) completes this very simple card.

Thank you for stopping to look.
Fiona x

PS Thanks Eunice.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Go Green

Hello All,

I was so thrilled last week when I discovered I had won a GDT spot on Raise The Bar challenge, even more so, when later that day I learned that I had also won a prize in the Craft B
arn's February challenge!
For my GDT spot I had to make a card with the theme of 'Go Green', and this is what I came up with.

The branch stamp is by Hero Arts and the bird is by Autumn Leaves. The D.P's are by Artylicious and Doodlebug. I used tiny beads, glitter, punched flowers and ribbon to embellish.
Haven't had much time this week for crafting as I've been away for a few days and would have liked to have spent some more time on this. Have a look at the creations over at RTB for some fab inspiration.

Must dash now, as I need to put the finishing touches on my Mother's Day card.

Fiona x

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Three Challenges-One Card

I've never entered more than one challenge at a time until now, but saw 3 challenges that I thought could be combined well.

Raise The Bar- Three's Company
Tuesday Taggers- Swirls and Curls (sponsored by
Crafty Individuals)
The Pink Elephant- Green

Here is my effort

The main image is by Stampin' Up and the stamps are called Trendy Trees. I stamped the tree trunks with a plum coloured ink and the card behind the stamped images is also plum coloured (but looks black in this picture) and embossed with the Divine Swirls CB folder. The green panel on the left of the card is spotty Bazzill card which is stamped with a much used PaperArtsy swirls stamp. The flowers are by Prima and I made the centres by using a hole punch to make three small circles and then 'domed' them using a ball tool. The sentiment is by Stampin Up, as is the ribbon which was a necessity, as I made a stamping error which I needed to hide....whoops!

Fiona x

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Ready Steady Stamp!

Sad news on the Ready Steady Stamp blog this week. Due to a lack of entries in their challenges they may end their blog, which is so disappointing as I really look forward to it each time. The challenges are a bit different to most others and they really get you thinking. So come on, if you haven't entered before....give it a go!

These are the required items to use in your project this time.

At last we have had some sunshine so I managed to get an outside shot of my card and (hopefully) a better picture.

As the project was to have a Bird theme I remembered I had this birdhouse template which my friend Eunice gave me a while back and thought it would be nice to use it. The green base card came from my stash and the floral paper used for the roof was printed from an Artylicious CDRom, Fantasy Floral. The frame was made from corrugated cardboard ( I don't know what foam core is) and covered with paper I had stamped with a Hero Arts stamp- Branch Background. The birds were stamped from a set by Inkadinkado and embossed with holographic EP but the sparkle is not evident in this snap. I added some punched flowers/leaves using pearlised paper, which were shaped and the flowers inked around the edges. (again not visible in this picture unless you click on it.) Pearls and a gem finished them off.

Thanks for taking the time to look and I hope you like it.

Fiona x